Just a random thought~
Well, for me it's not random; I'm writing such an antagonist right now. ^^; I'm actually in that fun/scary part of the writing process (when you're a pantser, anyway) where you have a 'gap' in your plotline that you kinda just need to fill in with stuff until its time for the next big event.
It's fun because I can do anything I want...and it's scary because I can do anything I want...and distinguishing the good from the garbage is a lot more stressful when you don't have an explicit goal.
And so, to hopefully narrow down the plethora of choices before me, I thought I'd ask y'all what you think.
So this is an antagonist who is like...if a natural disaster had an avatar, basically. They literally cannot help being a force of destruction and death, and the aspect of them that is human is fully aware of the doom they've brought to everyone around them.
They are innocent, however, in the sense that they are kinda unable to care? ^^; Or rather, they don't really have that natural human 'DEATH BAD' instinct that would make them feel guilty; in their eyes, it's just an unavoidable thing that's going to happen.
They're like this with a lot of different things, actually...they have knowledge of literally everything on Earth, but they don't have a sense of importance about any of it, so they can't use it as efficiently as a real human would. Like, to them, the fact that Mt. Everest is the highest peak in the world and the fact that people see them as a monster and want to kill them are equally relevant (or rather, irrelevant). They have no "common sense", no survival instinct whatsoever.
...Fortunately, or unfortunately, their avatar exists in a real human body, with all the nerve endings and hormonal responses that come with that, so eventually they will be forced to learn at least a few priorities. When I last left them, they were about to learn 'being brutally murdered with a carving knife really REALLY hurts', but that's a story for another time... ^^;
TL;DR, I guess what I'm wondering is what else they could learn, as they continue to re-spawn in new bodies until their time runs out. Romance, friendship, trauma, fear...there's a lot on the table, but I'm not sure how far to go with any of it, or in what directions.
P.S. This "antagonist" is not the MC (yikes, can you imagine) but this next part of the story will focus on them and the actual MCs trying to help them, so they end up being a kind of central character.